“The Simple Way of Jesus,” Christopher Aune’s first book, was published Oct. 11.
The 14-year Batesville resident felt the need to write the 198-page paperback because “it seemed like God kept nudging me. I kept putting it off for 10 years, and the nudging got stronger and stronger until I could only think about writing this book and getting God off my back. It’s a relief, let me tell you.”
Everywhere he went during an Air Force career, “pastors were struggling. More than half of pastors leave ministry in the first five years because they feel confused, unqualified or unworthy. I wanted to empower and encourage pastors to focus on what Jesus really teaches, and I felt a book would do that.”
The nonfiction piece took about nine months to write, working three to six hours a day, about five days a week, usually in the early morning or late at night, when it was quiet. Aune wrote “wherever my laptop would go” – his home office, at the YMCA, a local church, McDonald’s, Liberty Park, even on vacation. He then spent another two and a half years editing it to make the book easy to read and clear to understand.
The author hopes “The Simple Way of Jesus” helps readers “break out of the habit of reciting the competing doctrines they’ve been reciting since they were tiny tots .... The core of Jesus’ message is that the kingdom of heaven is at hand here and now; we just have to reach out and grab it.”
Aune wonder if any readers would be interested in a study group about his book. “I could answer questions and help people understand what I’ve learned in the process of writing the book. And they could have the chance to ‘straighten me out.’” Aune can be contacted at 812-363-3304 or firstname.lastname@example.org.